A letter has just gone viral for the best reason ever.
Justin Bieber has received a jolly good ticking off by an 11-year-old British school kid for his poor use of the "subjunctive mood" in his song 'Boyfriend.'
Although clearly nobody in their right mind would look to Bieber for grammatical advice, the unnamed Brit — who is currently studying for his punctuation and grammar SATs test — makes the excellent point that as a public figure the singer should bloody well buck his ideas up.
The letter went viral thanks to his teacher, Louise Williams, posting it to Facebook and it has since been shared more than 500 times across the world. And, if the tone of his letter is anything to go by, it certainly is too late to say sorry.
In the song, you can be heard - on a number of occasions - stating 'If I was your boyfriend': here you have clearly used the subjunctive mood incorrectly.
The correct lyrics should, in fact, be 'If I were your boyfriend'.
This is a very common mistake made by the general public today; however, if role models (and popular singer/song-writers) such as you cannot use it, why should we make the effort to study and use such grammatical forms correctly?
An excellent point. The letter continues:
You may reply to this by stating that such grammar inaccuracies are not of any importance. I strongly disagree.
As an Upper Key Stage Two pupil, currently studying hard for my Punctuation and Grammar test, I find it incredibly disappointing that you are unable to follow what is considered to be the basics of the English language.
My final point is this: If current performers, such as Beyonce can write a song using the subjunctive mood correctly, so must you.
You can read the full letter below:
While most of us probably don't appreciate getting schooled by 11-year-olds, I think we can all agree that this letter is hilarious and, although the author has been mocked for his incorrect use of capital letters, he should be very proud of himself.
And if you want to get in on the grammar police vibe, listen and shake your head:
Do you think correct use of grammar is important in song lyrics?